tv [untitled] August 9, 2013 5:00pm-5:31pm PDT
>> good morning. thank you for joining me here at the board chambers, and thank you to board president david chiu, budget chair mark farrell, members of the board of supervisors, our elected officials, our commissioners, and our department heads. and welcome, members of the public who joined us this morning. this year's budget reflects a lot of hard work between city government and the people that we serve. we've met in every district of the city.
we've worked with our elected city family. we listened to hundreds of community leaders and providers who help us deliver services to the people of san francisco. and it's because of this consensus approach that i'm proud to propose a responsible and balanced two-year budget that reflects the core values that we share in san francisco, values of fiscal responsibility, social responsibility, and investing in our city's future. when we began this year's budget, we began like many years before, trying to reduce significant budget deficits. but because we have pursued policies to control costs, grow our economy, create jobs and stabilize our fiscal health, this year i'm proposing a budget that protects our social safety net, one that increases public safety, and one that invests in our city's
infrastructure at unprecedented levels. and it is a budget that significantly grows our city's reserves. this budget is being delivered as san francisco's economy is recovering, going, and moving in the right direction. and san franciscans are getting back to work. in fact, our unemployment rate has dropped, as you all know, from 9.5% in january of 2011 to an astounding 5.4% just last month. (applause) >> i know, i know it has -- it has not been easy. we've had to work hard with our health services system, our care -- our health care providers, and labor to reduce employee health care costs. and because of our collaboration, we will now save $52 million over the next two years. and we've made tough but necessary choices on everything
from escalating pension costs to reforming our unfair job punishing business tax. we've injected a healthy dose of fiscal discipline with two-year budgeting, five-year financial planning, and a 10-year capital plan to get to us this point. but it's been worth it. san francisco's credit ratings have been upgraded by every rating agency in the past year, making our tax dollars go further when we deliver capital projects, and giving our city even more investor confidence. so, now it is not the time to take our eyes off the ball. we have to continue reforms to protect our city's economic recovery and make our city safe, solvent, and successful. like taking meaningful action to address our $4.4 billion of unfunded retiree health care liability. thank you, supervisor mark farrell, for taking this on.
you have my full support on this important issue. (applause) >> while reforms and sacrifices have spared us deep cuts we've experienced during the deepest part of our economic downturn, we still have much work to do. this year's projected $123.6 million general fund shortfall and next year's $256 million shortfall requires strategic choices and strategic investment. so, in this budget you will see fiscal prudence, a high level of services to our residents, investments that protect our social safety net, increased public safety support for our neighborhoods, support for our critical infrastructure, and investments in our economy and job creation. one thing we agreed on early was that in the time of state
and federal cuts, protecting our social safety net is more important than ever. so, therefore, i have rejected all proposed year-one mental health and substance abuse reductions from public health department and i have restored $4 million in federal cuts to programs serving people with aids and hiv. (applause) >> and, and we will continue our efforts to be a healthier city. the affordable care act will extend health insurance to 35,000 san franciscans and our department of public health and human services agency will implement our nation's health care reform. but on our streets there are still too many people, families without a place to call home. and that's why we are extending a dedicated emergency family shelter to provide year round
services, adding 25 more units of family supportive housing and supporting a new approach to housing transitional aids youth and getting them connected to work. (applause) >> to offset the state's deep cuts to our school district, this proposed budget includes an unprecedented $110 million in education support over the next two years, and we are taking on additional responsibilities at our school districts where we will see new support from the private sector for middle schools, and new support with our federal partners with promised neighborhoods grants. and thanks to our city librarian, we will be extending library hours throughout our city. (applause) >> we are going to make san
francisco an even safer city. we developed a six-year police staff and fire staffing plan to train san francisco's first responders. over the next two years ~ san francisco will hire 300 new sworn police officers with six new academy classes. and we will add 120 firefighters with three new fire academy classes. with with 35 construction cranes across our skyline, you can see public and private construction jobs being created every day. in fact, an estimated 223,000 jobs will be created over the next 10 years from city projects alone. for our part, we're making a sound investment of $25.1 billion in capital projects over the next 10 years through our city's ten-year capital plan. this proposed budget includes unprecedented levels of general
fund sub poderth for these smart capital investments. ~ support $72 million in year one and $105 million in year two. thank you, president david chiu, for your collaboration on our city's 10 year capital plan that will ensure we strategically invest in our city's infrastructure. (applause) >> now, this budget will fully fund the street repaving program to improve streets and sidewalks and continue construction and planning on critical projects such as the water and sewer system improvement programs, our new general hospital, the bayview opera house, and improvements to muni. and thanks to the 195 million dollar voter approved parks bond, we will continue to invest in our parks and open spaces. (applause) ~
>> last year, together with the support of voters, we passed the housing trust fund, a $1.5 billion stream of funding over the next 30 years for affordable housing and assistance to first-time home buyers. over the next two years we have budgeted $42.8 million for new affordable housing development for helping first-time homeowners including first responders with down payment assistance and preserving and stabilizing existing housing. here's a fact. every public dollar for new affordable housing development will be leveraged with two private dollars. all of these investments are needed to protect the housing stock in our city and to make sure san francisco can be affordable. and we are doing it smartly with some of the strongest tenant protectionses in place. the small businesses are at the heart and soul of our local economy.
my proposed budget includes funding for an online business portal to cut through bureaucratic red tape and make it easier for an entrepreneur to start and operate a business in san francisco. this budget continues my invest in neighborhoods initiative that is creating customized plans in 25 different neighborhood commercial districts and providing job squad and providing a job squad that brings city hall to our neighborhood businesses. and because san francisco's truly a global city, we're going to build on the success of china s.f. and expand our outreach to latin america and asian market street, not just to attract businesses to come here, but i'd like for us to really begin to introduce "made in san francisco" products to these growing market street. (applause) ~ markets >> while the worst of the
economic crisis may be behind us, we cannot deviate from our commitment to fiscal responsibility and reform. we will continue to invest in our neighborhoods, in our infrastructure, and most importantly, in our people. i want to recognize budget chair supervisor mark farrell again for leading the budget effort and making this a very collaborative process. i want to thank my staff led by steve kava, and to my budget office led by kate howard. and also a great thanks to ben rosenfield, our city controller and his staff, and then an anticipated thanks in advance to budget analyst harvey rose for his anticipated cooperation. [laughter] >> so, i know this is short, but i think you look at the budget. to me it's quite a sweet budget. so, let's roll up our sleeves. let's get this budget done collaboratively. and then let's spend our time making sure that we get 6,000
>> san francisco 911 heroes ceremony and it is presented today by the san francisco department of emergency management and 911 for kids. my name is elise kim and i am with 911 public education and just so you all know, 911 is the universal emergency response number when we need help, and it is used in the u.s., canada, and kayman islands and other countries they use different numbers. but, the 911 for kids program was created in 1990 in response to the alarming number of calls that were not emergencies, and with the whole purpose of trying to reduce 911 misuse.
and we are really thrilled with the program and how we work collaboratively with public safety all over the nation and the city of san francisco is just an exemp lary program in public education. now, it is my pleasure to introduce today's master of ceremony, he is a legendary los angeles and oakland raiders wide receiver, 1987 heisman trophy winner from notredame and the national chairman for 911 welcome number 81, tim brown. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. elise. she left out number 81 in your program but number one in your heart she left that part out. so it is a pleasure to be here today. we are here to recognize two
outstanding 911 youth heroes and four incredible 911 dispatch heroes. these youngsters acted with bravely and confidence, and in an imagine crisis situation and helped to save the lives of their loved ones. our 4, 911 dispatch heroes worked behind the scenes in cooperation with law enforcement and fire and emergency medical response, the men and women who answer this call each day are the true first responders when a emergency strikes which can often make the difference between life-and-death between people in need. they are truly real heroes. please join me in welcoming the director of san francisco management lisa hofmann. [ applause ] >> thank you, tim and thank you elise and kelley from 911 for kids, every year they make this a successful ceremony in honoring children, heroes and
dispatchers who are really the people that make it happen to save other people's lives. hold on i have to find my glasses, sorry. they made the font really big, unfortunately my eyes are small. >> thank you all for joining us here today. the department of emergency management is pleased to partner with 911 for kids by honoring the youth heroes, this event marks the third year in a row to team up to present awards, we are happy to recognize in the audience, supervisor john avalos and the executive director from our department of emergency management and paul henderson from the mayor's office and thank you so much for being here today. the vips up here on the stage are going to be presenting awards to hero and honorees. as the answering point for services, the 911 center in san francisco processes 1 million 91,000 calls a year, and with the first agency in the state of california to accept our own wireless 911 calls and have
done so successfully for 12 years. 75 percent of the calls that we receive are from cell phones so it is important that you train your kids and family members to know how to dial from a cell phone and if they speak a language other than english to call for help saying what dialect they can speak, we can translate into three languages if someone that you knows or loves dials 911 and english is not their first language, give us the dialect and be able to connect them with someone that can speak their language as quickly as possible. >> it is my pleasure to present the first 911 hero. tala hall. if you come up and we have supervisor john avalos here. if you want to read this and i will play an audio clip. >> great, it is really wonderful to be invited here to honor this young person, tala
hall. and on october 25th, at 8:25 p.m., ten-year-old tala hall, called 911 requesting a medical response for her mother, who was having a severe headache, semiconscious and shallow breathing. her call for help was answered by a public safety dispatcher edgar velasco. but out the contact, he provided assistance and compassion to her and her two young siblings. he gave assurances that help was on the way and reminded her that she was doing a great job helping her mother. together, they worked to help insure a successful out come to this medical emergency. let's take a moment to listen to a brief segment of tala's 911 call. >> i would like to invite edgar to come up on stage, too. >> sorry about that. >> come on up.
>> police department. >> this the highway patrol i have a transfer, i have paula, she is ten years old and she needs an ambulance for her mom. >> apartment eight. >> sorry. >> tala? yes. >> i'm detective i am going to stay on the line with you until the ambulance gets there. >> okay, but is it okay if we go with her. >> yes, you can, absolutely, you don't have to stay home. what is the phone number that you are calling us? we are on the way and driving to you right now, don't worry. what is the problem with your mom tell me exactly what is happening. >> she as a really bad headache and she is really tired and she was fasting today. >> okay
>> she can't eat or drink anything. >> okay. >> fasting? is she still awake? [ applause ] >> so at this time we would like to invite supervisor avalos to present the certificates from his office and the board of supervisors and thank you for bringing those to tala and edgar. >> thank you i am really choked up. just thinking about the pose and the courage that tala held on that call, and just the great help she got from 911 staff. thank you so much for just being a great example for city staff, and for young people in the city. i have a certificate of honor, i want to provide to each of you, from our office and signed by the members of the board of supervisors. and i will do tala first. so, in recognition of your
quick response to your family member's need and your ability to keep calm, and to help make you a 911 hero. thank you very much for your wonderful courage. [ applause ] and for edgar in recognition of your expert assistance and compassion for those in need of help, thank you for providing calm assurances to encourage others, you are a true 911 hero. thank you. [ applause ] >> now we would like to present the 911 for heroes awards to both tala and edgar.
>> supervisor avalos thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to come and join us, we know that you are tied up in budget meetings, thank you very much. [ applause ] >> all right, so, ladies and gentlemen, i would like to please have you join me in welcoming kante brown and public safety dispatcher kim tuae and on behalf of the mayor's office, paul henderson,
deputy chief of staff for mayor lee presenting the awards on behalf of martha coen who is the supervisor for district ten. >> thank you guys all so much for coming out. it always makes me so happy when i see the people from the community here in the city haul sharing in this public building and it makes me proud when i look out and i hear the stories today and meet the people. i don't know if any of you guys caught it this morning, but they were talking about the hero awards today on npr. and they were talking about the achievements that are happening right here in san francisco and to be able to look out and see the faces of the people that are the heroes that work and live among us, and it really makes me proud and it really is what public service is about. and it is only exacerbated by the fact that we have city employees that have done such an outstanding job and it makes me proud and i am happy to see all of you and thank you for
being here and welcome. >> i am here and pleased to present the certificates of honor on behalf of supervisor coen who is the supervisor in district ten which is the bay view and let me tell you a little bit about what we are celebrating so on september 30th, 6:49 p.m., eleven-year-old brown called 911 and requested an ambulance for his mother who was unconscious after being hit in the head by a falling object. >> the 911 call was answered by kim tua. i said it right. and during their call, kim provided medical instruction, assistance and most importantly, comfort and reassurance to kiate, together, they worked to help insure a successful out come to the medical emergency. and so now, we are going to listen to a little clip of that incident as well so that you can hear just how things
happened on that day. >> 911. >> hello, can you... the ceiling just fell on my mom and i am really scared. >> where are you? >> what is your address? >> what happened? >> so the ceiling like the bathroom i don't know what happened, but like the ceiling collapsed on her. >> are you with your mom right now? >> yeah. >> can i talk to her, is she able to talk to you at all? >> i don't know. i am just really scared. >> okay. i need to ask you some questions, i am going to stay on the phone with you. [ applause ] >> i just want to remind you
guys that kiante is 12 years old and to have the wherewithal to stay calm and to snow exactly what to do was his real smart decision to get help that really made him a hero. i mean that is such a big deal at 12 years old, i know that i was having a good day if i did not hit my, sister that day. i wanted to congratulate you in front of an audience and i have commendations that i would like to present to you first kiante and this is recognizing you as a hero for your extraordinary act of heroism on this tenth day of april, the year of 2013, and i know that you may have had to miss a little school to be here but we are excited that you are here and we welcome you as one of san francisco's heroes. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> now hold this up so people
can see that picture. there you go. >> i also want to recognize, kim, for a very similar act of taking the phone call, and working with this young person, to help make sure that we had a positive out come and kiante your mother is here in the audience and here we go, we have a one extra audience member because of kiante. and so kim, as the san francisco city 911 dispatch hero, this also is in recognition for your response, while assisting a child in an emergency situation. that takes a lot of work to make sure that you understand and you get the information, and this was the best turn out that we could have expected. and it makes all of us proud that you are standing here and representing the very finest of san francisco employees, thank you very much. >> we also have medals for both of them as well.
let's give them all a big round of applause. [ applause ] >> i am back up, all right. so now, i have another certification and another challenging opportunity for us. am i pronouncing it correctly? >> because you know that i will mess up the pronouncation in a minute. matricia, >> is that right? >> yes. come on up here, let's have
everybody get a look at you. [ applause ] >> okay, let me tell you about what patricia did for us for the city. >> on march fourth, at 6:25 p.m., public safety dispatcher patricia marcuchi. received, i am just waiting for her to look at me mean and say that they said it wrong. >> received a call from a 9-year-old boy named jason, now he called 911 that day and he reported his grandfather who was having an asthma attack. during this call, she provided jason can medical instructions and assistance and most importantly comfort and reassurance. there is an added level of difficulty for her in that jason was translating for adults who only spoke chinese.
even under these difficulty situations they worked to help to insure a successful out come. unfortunately he and his family were unable to join us today. but that is not going stop us from celebrating the fine work of this city employee and the job that she did to save the lives here in our city. so we will take a brief moment to hear this conversation, but what i want you to keep in mind is that this 10-year-old child is translating for adults who are in need of assistance that don't speak english at all. >> police, fire or medical? >> medical >> what is the exact location of the emergency? >> kasada avenue, wait... >> the exact address. >> kasada, 1280, my grandfather is uncomfortable